Summer Institute


Summer Institute Class of 2012.

Bali, Indonesia

July 7 – July 26, 2015

Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2015

The summer of 2015 provides a very special opportunity for Cudamani Summer Institute students. The Institute falls within the dates of Galungan and Kuningan, two of Bali’s most important holidays. In addition to studying the techniques of music and dance, participants will learn about and participate directly in the preparations for and activities of these beautiful holidays. For the first time time this year, Cudamani offers the CULTURAL PROGRAM in addition to the GAMELAN PROGRAM and DANCE PROGRAM.

GAMELAN PROGRAM- Daily sessions in Cudamani’s open air studio focus on learning techniques of Balinese gamelan, repertoire development and improving musicality. Under the Direction of Dewa Putu Berata, ten senior Cudamani players join studio sessions, thus ensuring individual attention as well as the robust sound Cudamani is famous for. The opportunity to play a wide range of pieces under astute leadership of Dewa Putu Berata will advance the musicianship and musical understanding of gamelan players from around the world.  The gamelan program will work primarily on the Semarandana ensemble, however, we will include opportunities to play Gamelan Angklung and if requested, Gender Wayang.


Dancers will work together as a group for a part of each day, developing a deep level of shared commitment and community. In addition, separate sessions with Level I and Level II material allow students of all levels to get the individual attention you need to develop artistically. Class placement will be decided by teachers once you are in Bali. Don’t worry! We’ll find the right level for you.

Dancers without previous Balinese Dance experience are encouraged to apply. Under the supervision of Emiko Saraswati Susilo, morning and afternoon sessions will be taught by arguably Bali’s most renown teachers- Ibu Ni Ketut Arini and Bapak I Nyoman Cerita .


Are you amazed by the beautiful culture of Bali. Would you like to engage in a way that is meaningful and learn from the inside? For the first time, Cudamani offers a CULTURAL PROGRAM. This program will welcome participants to participate in a one hour session of gamelan every day, often shared with the dance and gamelan students, and then provides rich experiences in Balinese culture. Lectures, demonstrations, museum tours, and hands on activities such as basket weaving, painting and making of offerings. You don’t need to be an artist to appreciate this. You just need an open and curious mind and a desire to learn more about Balinese culture. Directed by Professor Emeritus at UCLA, Judy Mitoma, this inaugural program is unlike any other.


International and Indonesian students will benefit from the educational approach refined by Cudamani teachers over the years.  Adding to the impact of this course of study is the chance to live and work in their home village of  Pengosekan, Ubud.  For seventeen years, Çudamani has enhanced village life in Pengosekan by teaching hundreds of Balinese children, youth, and adults.   CSI is the one time outsiders are incorporated into Çudamani’s teaching program and locals young and old always enjoy having these students in their village.The program features guest lectures and demonstrations by internationally renowned scholars and artists.



Cudamani’s groundbreaking girls and women’s gamelan program


In the village of Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali — across the street from the temple — is a family compound that is the ancestral home of Dewa Putu Berata and the home of Çudamani. Comprised of  virtuoso musicians and dancers, the company is famous for teaching, performing, and touring abroad. Çudamani is respected for their commitment to preserving and reviving the rich and rare classical Balinese repertoire while at the same time their senior members are composers in great demand by other groups across the island.   Çudamani received a grant from the Ford Foundation for their work in preservation, innovation, and education.

Çudamani has provided gamelan and dance instruction to hundreds of young people over their seventeen years of work in Pengosekan. Over fifteen years ago they began a commitment to teach gamelan to the young girls in their village.  With the sustained determination of the senior members of Cudamani, this is the first girls group to be seriously trained from childhood, they have set a bar for excellence and today are considered the best girls group on the entire island.  The company’s technical accomplishments on the seven-toned Semarandana are unparalleled. Two major projects that demonstrate their originality and musical versatility have been met with critical acclaim- Odalan Bali and Bamboo to Bronze.     Most recently, the group was invited in 2012 and again in 2013 by Arts Midwest to tour for a total of ten weeks to US Midwestern states as part of Arts Midwest’s World Fest. Cudamani has sustained their excellence over six American and three European tours. Three CD and one DVD release are evidence of their musical accomplishment.


Dewa Putu Berata teaches kecak.

Dewa Putu Berata teaches kecak.

Artistic Team

I Dewa Putu Berata: Director, Gamelan Çudamani
Emiko Saraswati Susilo: Director, Çudamani Summer Institute

Selection Criteria

We invite individuals who wish to work intensively with other artists from around the world with a proven interest in living within another culture. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Experienced gamelan musicians and dancers with demonstrated  training are encouraged to apply.

Tuition Fees

Includes instruction, shared housing, daily breakfast, lunch (weekdays) and mid program excursions.
All proceeds benefit Çudamani’s children/youth and master artist programs.

A $25 non-refundable fee is required with each application. When accepted, the 1st tuition installment of tuition (50%) is due on May 1, 2015. The 2nd installment (remaining balance) is due on July 1, 2015. If you have any questions, please email  Cancellation after the April 15th date will forfeit 50% of deposit.

Check payable to: Foundation for World Arts
Mail to: 12200 Lawler Street, Los Angeles, Ca 90066.  Credit cards are also accepted.

2015 CSI

Artini 3 Cottages in Ubud.

Artini 3 Cottages in Ubud. Photo by Jorge Vismara.

Work Sample requested from applicants who have not worked with Cudamani in the past.

URL of music and/or dance samples. 5-10 minutes in length.For musicians: work sample may include footage/recording of a performance by your gamelan ensemble.
For dancers: work sample may include footage of your performance in any dance form.


Participants will reside in centrally located hotels in Ubud. Accommodations are double occupancy. A single room supplement may be requested with an additional fee.  Arrangements will be made by the Summer Institute.


Daily breakfast and lunch is provided by the program. Also included are the Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner.


Participants are responsible for making own travel and visa arrangements as well as travel health insurance.

Group excursions include visits to the sacred sites, witness ceremonies and attend performances.

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